Used Minivans Ratings
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2002 Kia Sedona - EX
Pros: Comfort of interior layout
Cons: The van is narrow compared to others; golf clubs are tight fit
Advice: Be wary of dealer pricing. Check tire pressure. Skip ABS.This van runs so quietly, it is difficult to believe it is a Kia. Great pick-up, excellent ride, attractive interior. Leather upholstery is tastefully done. Kia engineers appear to have picked out all the good elements from the competition, improved on them, and then lowered the price. Initial ride was too harsh until I lowered the tire pressure from 45 pounds to 35 pounds. Ride improved immensely. Every door and compartment closes with a Lexus quality thunk. Even the radio appears to be good. I purchased for about $1000 under MSRP, but some dealers are increasing price by $1495 for something they call 'market value adjustment'.
2002 Toyota Sienna - LE
Pros: The seating and road handling.
Cons: The dealer and Toyota's lack of response in resolving simple problems.
Advice: Make sure the vehicle is 100% before you buy it. Find a good dealer and document any problems, don't be rushed. Check for damaged interior plastic parts.This van drives great. Like a car. It's fun to drive and offers most of the comforts of a car.
2002 Kia Sedona - EX
Pros: Quiet ride and engine performance (acceleration/hill climbing etc.)
Cons: Though the rear seat is comfortable I wish it had the hide-away feature that Mazda MPV and Honda Odyssey have.
Advice: Due to supply and demand most dealers are asking MSRP, beware those asking even more.Earlier this year we purchased a Hyndai Santa Fe, which we are very happy with. That experience made us willing to look at another Korean manufacturer. The Sedona EX is very nicely equipped, with almost every option already included. One thing that stood out during our test drive was how exceptionally quiet the vehicle is. The 3.5 liter V6 performs nicely on steep grades (important here in Colorado), and is one of the factors that influenced us to select the Sedona over the Mazda MPV (2.5 liter engine). Gas mileage is not its strongest point though, as it appears poorer than other 3.5s on the market, such as the Honda Odyssey. The 10 year 100,000 mile powertrain warranty is a definite selling point. The driver sets high relative to the dash, and has a good view and sense of the location of the front end when parking and maneuvering (not the case in many minivans). The shift lever for the 5-speed automatic is located on the dash/console. We found it convenient yet out of the way. It provides a comfortable, yet stick shift-like control of the transmission. One unusual feature was the number of storage compartments, in addition to the glove compartment. I think I remember at least three. Regarding seating, the fully adjustable 8-way driver's seat and 4-way front passenger's seats are very comfortable. Middle and rear passengers' seats are also comfortable for adults. The only thing I'd change would be to have the hide-away rear seating configuration that MPV and Odyssey have. The two places I rated the Sedona less than 100 were quality and appearance. That is not due to identified flaws, just it is difficult to rate quality without including durability, which we don't know yet. Regarding appearance it is nice, but to me does not stand out anymore than most minivans. After all folks, it is a minivan. ;-) Though dealers (including the Autobytel referral) are asking MSRP due to limited supply, the Sedona is priced very competitively, far less than its Honda and Toyota counterparts. At this point we have not purchased yet, but believe the Sedona may currently be the best value in a minivan.
2002 Chrysler Town and Country - EX FWD
Pros: Power sliding side and rear doors
Cons: Operability of the delayed headlght switch
Advice: Don't hesitate-get one. And get one with the 3.8L engine. You won't regret it.I am extremely pleased with the vehicle. My only minor problem to date is one where the fuel guage does not register correctly. There is more fuel in the tank than is shown on the guage, and the computer is also confused, thinking there is less than there really is when computing miles range and miles left until empty. Probably a defective sending unit in the tank which I will have addressed at the first scheduled maintenance visit.
2002 Kia Sedona - EX
Pros: the sunroof and the cd player also the leather seats
Cons: the quality over all
Advice: stay away from the dealer in vero beach the van is good but the dealer is no goodthe van needs to be recalled because of to many problems to the van it pulls to the right the steering wheel is turned to the right when going down the road the sunroof leaks they found a bent rim the dealer said they can't fix it all i want is a new one for the money i put into it i got a lemon and then some it also leans to the left in the rear and makes a poping noise from the sunroof the passanger side fender was cocked out but they fixed that the dealers mechanics need to be retrained for front end work and clensiness they left grease all over the rug in the middle of the leather seats and the floor and also the kick panels poor dealer relations